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Racquetball Shot – The Pass Shot

Racquetball Shot – The Pass Shot

Racquetball Kill Shot

Which racquetball shot to use is a complicated choice requiring observation, quick thinking, and practice. While the kill shot is a great thing to do, it should be utilized more as you are closer to the front wall.  The kill shot is a lower percentage shot the further you are toward the back of the court.  You will score more points with passing shots and experience less skips.  Below I will tell you about, and you can see on the video, how to do 3 different passing shots.

Down The Line Pass Racquetball Shot

The down the line pass shot is a high percentage shot and one of the best scoring opportunities.  The shot is low enough to hopefully bounce twice before hitting the back wall.  It is not as low as a kill shot.  Use this shot when your opponent is positioned closer to the opposite wall or when their backhand (or forehand if weaker) is on this wall.

Cross Court Pass Racquetball Shot

The cross court pass shot is a high percentage shot and also is one of the best scoring opportunities.  The shot is low enough to bounce twice before hitting the back wall.  It will either die in the corner or bounce unpredictably out of the corner. The shot is not as low as a kill shot.  Use this shot when your opponent is positioned closer to the wall you are facing, or when their backhand (or forehand if weaker) is on the opposite wall.  The shot should be hit hard enough that your opponent is passed, must turn around, and must run to the back corner to get a chance at their shot. This shot will also deceive your opponent.  The shot appears headed for the back corner at first, but your opponent’s only real opportunity to return it will be on the other side of the court.

Wide Angle Pass Racquetball Shot

The down the line pass shot is a high percentage shot and the third of the best scoring opportunities.  The shot is low enough to hopefully bounce twice before hitting the back wall.  It is not not as low as a kill shot.  Use this shot when your opponent is positioned closer to the wall you are facing, or when their backhand (or forehand if weaker) is on the opposite wall.  The shot should be hit hard enough that your opponent is passed, must turn around, and must run toward the back opposite side wall to get a chance at their shot.

These 3 shots can be hit from both the forehand and backhand.  Keep an eye on your opponent and make your shot choice based upon that as well as where you are positioned.  Make your opponent work for their shot every time by having to turn around and run.

Watch the video below which shows in great detail and skill how to do these 3 shots.

 

 

Racquetball Shot Selection

Racquetball Shot Selection

Racquetball Pregame Strategy

Which racquetball shot to select is a difficult decision. A lot depends on where you are, where your opponent is.  Another factor is your ability to hit certain shots with a high percentage of success.  You also have to keep in mind your opponents weaknesses.  With the ball frequently exceeding 100 mph on a 40 x 20 foot court, there isn’t much time to think.  It is important that you have a general strategy for all matches and a specific strategy for your current opponent.  You should have these strategies firmly in mind before you get on the court.

Racquetball Back Court Strategy

When you are in the back of the court you can choose between offensive and defensive shots.  If you have the opportunity and skill to hit offensively from the back court, it is the better decision.  If not, choose a defensive shot that may force your opponent into hitting a weak return.  Then, if you are lucky, you will be setup closer to the front wall and can use your offensive shots more successfully.  Your defensive choices from the back court are the ceiling ball, the around the wall ball, and a reverse Z shot.  The reverse Z shot is the reverse of the Z serve, but hit higher (about shoulder height).  Hit this shot into the side wall, at a downward angle, and ricochet it toward the opposite corner of the front wall.  If your opponent isn’t watching closely you will surprise them with this shot.  It is especially effective if they are in the back of the court.  It is not the highest percentage shot, so use it sparingly. The other two shots are covered in the video below.

Racquetball Front Court Strategy

When you are in the front of the court (in front of the dashed lines), you should be hitting an offensive racquetball shot.  Maintain good center court position (2.5 feet behind dotted line) so that you are always in the right place to hit an offensive shot when the opportunity arises.  Never hit a ceiling shot from the front of the court.  If your opponent is behind you, hit a pinch shot.  If your opponent is in front of the dashed line as well, hit a passing shot.

Watch racquetball pro John Ellis and World Outdoor Racquetball champion Jose Diaz give excellent demonstrations of which shot to select in the video below.